We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Phillip Island Nature Park

1013 Ventnor Road | Summerlannds Estate, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
61 3 59 512 820
Website
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
Special Offer
$140*
and up
Melbourne Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus...
Private Tour
$132*
and up
Private Tour: Phillip Island, Penguin Parade and...
Small Group
$111*
and up
Phillip Island Penguin Small Group Eco Tour from...
90%
Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Cowes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Islands, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Only 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip Island NatureParks includes...
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: Islands, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Only 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip Island NatureParks includes Australia’s most popular wildlife attraction,the Penguin Parade, our Australian historic working farm,Churchill Island and our natural and wild koalas at KoalaConservation Centre—all located on one island.
Write a Review

252 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    168
    59
    17
    5
    3
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Centennial, CO
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The world's smallest penguin lives on a small island just south-east of Melbourne, AU, and I have to say they may be the very cutest animals on the planet! If you're going to visit the preserve plan to spend the night in one of the wonderful B&B's in the area and have dinner in town. It's a very small island... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Aix-en-Provence, France
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Seeing the Penguin Parade is a very nice experience. Quite unique and cute. You should definitely do it whether you're local or visiting Victoria. 2 important tips: - They sell standard seating and premium (with a difference of about $25/person). The trick is to purchase the standard one and once it gets dark and the penguins are starting to come... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Bairnsdale, Australia
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

The tickets advise you to arrive 1hr before hand. Don't. we arrived at 7:45 as instructed and waited nearly 1.5 hours before the penguins emerged, but which point our kids were incredibly restless. It was cute to see the way they emerged from the water, but after watching a few rafts of penguins come out you got the gist. It... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
leeds
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Our children 11 and 6 loved this evening. As others have mentioned it can get very busy but all seats would get a good view of the penguins coming out of the water onto the beach. Very cute and funny to watch. It is quite a drive from Melbourne. It took as 2 hours. Combined it with the Churchill farm... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sofia, Bulgaria
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

The attraction is very nice, especially when combined with a visit to a farm on the island of Churchill and if you are wearing warm to freezing cold that precedes the parade of penguins. For children is magical to see the fly in the gloom little creatures who seek home nests for the evening. The whole area is superb. We... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
colorado
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
56 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

It's a bit out of the way to get there, but well worth it to see the night time penguin parade. We saw hundreds of penguins, first emerging from the sea, the racing across the sand, then making their way up to their dens where the chicks were waiting. We hadn't booked ahead, figuring it wouldn't be a problem since... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We went to see the penguin parade. We got there early to get a good vantage spot. We saw several groups of penguins come past us, it was a lovely evening.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Singapore
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
29 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The penguin parade is absolutely stunning. You have to see it to believe. They come waves after waves, and you get to see them waddle past right in front of you... It can be very cold during winter due to the wind, so be adequately prepared.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Perhaps the most fascinating experience I've had with nature. We drove down from Melbourne (a leisurely drive, stopping at a wildlife reserve and a chocolate factory on the way) and reached the Penguin Centre about 3pm. Hardly any members of the public that early so we could explore the centre at ease. We later continued on to The Nobbies where... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This is a beautiful spot to visit. It is a rock you are going to see in the ocean. If you know that, then you will sigh at it's' beauty. If you are expecting a giant Egyptian pyramid then you will sigh with disappointment. It's an easy walk from the car park or a 5.5km return track walk if inclined.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Phillip Island Nature Park also viewed

Cowes, Phillip Island
Summerlands, Phillip Island
 

Been to Phillip Island Nature Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Phillip Island Nature Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?